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A bowl of pork and cabbage soup

Simple Pork and Cabbage Soup

This simple pork and cabbage soup is a quick and easy low-carb meal that can be made in under 15 minutes. This recipe is perfect for work lunches or a mid week dinner with the added bonus of being very cheap, highly nutritious and low in carbs.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Vietnamese
Keyword Pork and Cabbage Soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 251kcal
Author Scruff


  • 5 cups boiling water (1.25 L)
  • 150 gm pork mince
  • 1/2 brown onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 pinch salt
  • cracked pepper, to taste
  • 200 gm cabbage or wombok, finely shredded
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce or to your taste
  • 1 spring onion stalk, finely chopped (optional)


  • Prep all your ingredients.
  • In a medium-sized pot on high heat, add 5 cups of boiling water and bring to a rolling boil.
  • Add the mince and allow the boiling water to push the scum to the sides. With a spoon, scoop up the scum as it collects at the sides of the pot and discard.
  • Turn the heat down to medium and add the onion, salt and pepper. Let it cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the cabbage and carrot. Let it cook for 5 - 10 minutes depending on high soft you want your cabbage to be.
  • Add the fish sauce and adjust according to your taste.
  • Ladle into a bowl, garnish with spring onions and serve.


Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 839mg | Potassium: 549mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5253IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 1mg